I live in a country (
USSR) that does internet censorship, but doesn't (yet?) go so far as to shut off foreign internet altogether, implement "white-list" Great Chinese Firewall or ban encryption. I would like to set up a VPN connection on my home router and rented foreign VPS server (say, in Helsinki) with OpenVPN to fully encrypt traffic and safely and reliably circumvent the censorship systems.
The thing is, while I'm doing this, I could as well set up a point-to-point encrypted secure connection to my server in Amsterdam.
How should I set up a system for such use? I am familiar with Ubuntu and command-line.
I think if I go into all the trouble, I could as well set up VPN on a home router (I know it supports VPN), but could I set up VPN at the level of an individual computer or individual application?
b) access a closed (corporate) network that only accepts outside connections through VPN. First and foremost I had (a) in mind, but now I think if I could have (b) as well. How do I set up a system for such case? Say I'm in Moscow, my VPN server is in Helsinki and my server is in Amsterdam. My connection goes encrypted from Moscow to Amsterdam, but my destination server is further yet, in Amsterdam, so from the VPN endpoint onward it should go as a regular, unencrypted connection; it would be better to have it encrypted all the way, but.. then I wouldn't need a server in Helsinki, or would I?
I am somewhat familiar with Linux, command line and server administration, just confused about how encryption works in this case.
I use a home router that should support VPN for all my home devices nicely.